Teufelsberg – the Devil’s Mountain

The Teufelsberg – in German Devil’s Mountain – is one of the highest hills in Berlin. More than a great view and intriguing scenery this place owns a very unique story. It all begins with the fact that all its 115 meters high are actually artificial – a heaped up of the World War II rubble. This war garbage hills are actually quite common in Germany, but Teufelsberg  buried a quite particularly bizarre leftover junk: the never completed Nazi military-technical college (Wehrtechnische Fakultät) designed by Albert Speer, the first architecture of the third Reich. After the war the Allies tried using explosives to demolish the school, but it was so sturdy that covering it with debris turned out to be easier. Plant with greenery the Teufelsberg has been since then the highest hill in West Berlin.

1939-ca.-Wehrtechnische-Fakultaet-klein

But that’s not it. Thereafter, during the cold war, the US National Security Agency (NSA) built one of its largest listening stations on top of the hill, which proved to be the best vantage point for listening to Soviet, East German, and other Warsaw Pact nation’s military traffic. The station operate until the fall of the Berlin Wall. The equipment was then removed, but its weird structured stayed.

During the crazy 90’s in Berlin the abandoned and eccentric construction inspired the youth, which transformed the place with street art and turned it into a point for clandestine parties. Nowadays, almost always guarded by security guards, the place is still worth visiting, both for the nature that surrounds it as for the its uncommon picture.

 

Photographer: Kay Wiegand - www.wie-gand.com

Photographer: Kay Wiegand – www.wie-gand.com

 

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Top 5 outdoor swimming in Berlin

1- Badeschiff

The Badeschiff is a popular swimming pool in Kreuzberg that floats over the river Spree. It was created as a city’s art project and has an incredible atmosphere. Besides the pool and the white sand beach, the provide a bar, sauna, hammock and sometimes even DJs.

2- Schlachtensee

Schlachtensee is a lake in the south west of Berlin on the edge of the Grunewald forest. The nature around, the transparent water and the long extension of this lake with several swimming areas makes anyone think they are really in holidays.

3- Plotzensee

The Plötzensee is beautiful swimming lake located in the heart of the city. The complex offers large sunbathing area, water slide, beach slide, restaurant, playground, nude area, table tennis, football field, rope wall 20m high, trampolines, and beach volleyball facility. Beach chairs, sun loungers, deck chairs and umbrellas can be rent.

4- Krumme Lanke

This isolated lake has two bathing spots, one of theme used for nudism. A path running along the edge of the lake is also popular with joggers and walkers.

5- Freibad Jungfernheide

Spend your holiday in Berlin! Only ten minutes from the Kurfürstendamm and right at the hard of west Berlin, this lake is a small paradise.